The French carmaker has recalled more than 15,000 diesel cars after they were found to exceed the acceptable levels of NOx emissions but the company denies any wrong doing.
French environment minister, Ségolène Royal, who established France’s commission to investigate vehicle emissions, said that Renault would need to correct the filtration system on Renault Catur cars produced between July and September 2015.
Renault has confirmed the recall, claiming that a “calibration error” in the emissions-cutting system of its diesel engines was to blame.
Speaking to RTL Radio, Ségolène Royal said: “Renault has committed to recalling a certain number of vehicles, more than 15,000 vehicles, to check them and adjust them correctly so the filtration system works even when it is very hot or when it is below 17F (-8C), because that’s when the filtration system no longer worked.”
The recall follows a number of raids by French fraud investigators as inquiries into real-world emissions continue.
The French government, which owns around 20 per cent of the manufacturer, reassured investors after Renault shares fell sharply with concerns that it would be drawn into the emissions-rigging scandal which engulfed Volkswagen.
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